Trash to Treasure Book Caddy

This weekend I finished my latest trash to treasure project: a book caddy.  I made this caddy from a table I grabbed from someone’s curbside trash pile.  It’s one of my favorite trash to treasure projects to date!
trash to treasure book caddy

My book caddy started out as this vintage table.  I spotted it while driving the kids to school one Monday morning and stopped to grab it on my way home.  The table was in fairly good condition with the exception of one table leg … it looked like a new pet may have had a good chew on it.


trash to treasure book caddy
I removed the legs and gave it a really good wash …
trash to treasure book caddy
… then painted it orange using DIY chalk-finish paint {I used an old paint sample I bought for fifty cents, making this a super cheap project all round!}.  I also added casters that I bought {cheaply} at ReStore so the caddy can be scooted and turned around.
trash to treasure book caddy
The book caddy is a fun new addition to the little reading nook in our gameroom.  The kids can curl up on a cushion and read a book or play with the magnetic letter board.
trash to treasure book caddy
The caddy turns easily on the casters so the kids can access books on every side or wheel it to another area.
trash to treasure book caddy
I also added some fun letters to the reading spot.
trash to treasure book caddy reading nook
I’m so happy with the way this trash to treasure book caddy turned out!  It’s such a fun and unique addition to our room!
trash to treasure book caddy
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Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. What a transformation. Looks great in this room. I am hosting a new link party and would love it if you would link up.

  2. What a fabulous transformation, Randi. :) You’ve got such a talent for transforming these treasures. Megan

  3. Congratulations! You did a great job! Love it. I am a new Follower of your Blog. Have a good week.
    Judy – Judy H-J’s Thoughts

  4. Love how this turned out! The color is so fun.

  5. Turned out wonderful, how fun! I love the “read”, too, so cute!

  6. I love it! What a cute little book nook! Great job, mama!

  7. What a clever idea to take the legs off the table. I love it! (Love the “read” letters too! Darling little nook!)

  8. What a perfect repurpose!! Love how you are using it! Makes me want to curl up in that sweet room and read!! ;)

  9. Randi,

    What a cute idea! I love the color….I would have never thought of this! You are such a rock star!


  10. Absolutely too cute!
    House on the Way

  11. oh i LOVE this Randi!

  12. This came out so cute. It’s a great redo. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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